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Old 11-21-2009, 10:42 PM
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Need recommendations for good headlights...

This is for the 300SDL - one of headlights has a large hole in it. Rather than replacing one, I'd like to replace both of them with something good quality.

What do you recommend - I like the xenon as long as they don't have the 'pimped out' look - not my style.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:45 PM
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Just get some decent non-sealed-beam halogens. I have used non-DOT Hella lamps on a number of US-spec vehicles that were shipped with sealed beams, and have always been quite happy with them. The DOT non-sealed-beams are not quite as good, but still better than sealed beams. Just not as good as the European lamps.

I've never had a problem with vehicle inspections using non-DOT lamps, but of course, your mileage may vary.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:45 PM
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Get the factory euro market headights. If you can spend the $$$ get the Bosch ones, not knock off ones.

Matt: SDLs didn't come with sealed beams

-Jason
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2013 Fiat 500E. 20,000 miles, 80 miles at a time.
2012 Passat TDI. 95,000 miles. More space, power, and fuel economy than the Benz
2004 Touareg V10 TDI. 150,000 miles. One of 450.
1999 Jetta TDI. 310,000 miles.
1992 Jetta ECOdiesel. 156,000 miles. 1 of 48. Sold.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:48 PM
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Get the factory euro market headights.
Got a link to one?!
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:52 PM
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Matt: SDLs didn't come with sealed beams

-Jason
Well then, what I wrote really doesn't apply.

I'm happy to hear that it wasn't shipped with them though. Sealed beams are trash foisted upon us. Our now-gone '83 SD had sealed beams, so I was projecting that to his car.

But given your recommendation for Euro lamps, the US lamps must still be hobbled for that year. Doesn't surprise me.

My '96 has good headlamps. A nice sharp cutoff, with a rise on the right side to illuminate road signs.
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:01 PM
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You can never go wrong with Bosch/Hella Euro lights, seen on this beautiful 91 350SDL.

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Old 11-21-2009, 11:01 PM
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Sealed beams are probably better then the 86+ W126 DOT lights.

OP: Check out:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/MERCEDES-W126-EURO-HEADLIGHT-RH-SE-SEL-SD-300-500-NR_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem4cec095aadQQitemZ330377550509QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAcces sories

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/MERCEDES-W126-EURO-HEADLIGHT-LH-SE-SEL-SD-300-500-NR_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem4cec096672QQitemZ330377553522QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAcces sories

There are many more available besides the ones I just linked.

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2013 Fiat 500E. 20,000 miles, 80 miles at a time.
2012 Passat TDI. 95,000 miles. More space, power, and fuel economy than the Benz
2004 Touareg V10 TDI. 150,000 miles. One of 450.
1999 Jetta TDI. 310,000 miles.
1992 Jetta ECOdiesel. 156,000 miles. 1 of 48. Sold.
1991 Jetta ECOdiesel. 430,000 miles. 1 of 700. Sold to VeeDubTDI, totaled in front of our house
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:03 PM
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Check out Dan Stern Lighting website, he is very knowlegable about automotive lighting and Mercedes; I've bought the round 7" Cibie for my 300D, very pleased.

Gerry Reynolds
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:10 PM
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-Jason
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1991 350SDL. 230,000 miles (new motor @ 150,000).

2013 Fiat 500E. 20,000 miles, 80 miles at a time.
2012 Passat TDI. 95,000 miles. More space, power, and fuel economy than the Benz
2004 Touareg V10 TDI. 150,000 miles. One of 450.
1999 Jetta TDI. 310,000 miles.
1992 Jetta ECOdiesel. 156,000 miles. 1 of 48. Sold.
1991 Jetta ECOdiesel. 430,000 miles. 1 of 700. Sold to VeeDubTDI, totaled in front of our house
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I think my '96 lamps are a bit better than that for the pattern. But still, that's pretty good.

However, I tend to not park inside the house, and I like to have two headlamps.
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Old 11-22-2009, 12:11 AM
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Get real euro headlamps. There is a slight difference in quality.. The issue is the knock offs do not seal well with the glass and you will have to remove it and add some RTV
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Old 11-22-2009, 12:43 AM
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Get real euro headlamps...
Would be nice - but fighting for a single Left or Right one on EBay is not my idea of fun... if an opportunity comes along where someone has both of them for sale and they are pretty clean I'd go for it, otherwise I'll probably end up buying Bosh factory lights.
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Old 11-22-2009, 08:59 AM
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Both of the ones I linked are from the same seller....

Anyway, things to look out for with ebay lights:
-Condition of the glass: just like your US lights the glass gets pitted over time. Pitted glass = worse performance.
-Condition of the reflector: The (silver?) on the reflector is easily damaged by moisture. When it flakes off it exposes the browish metal underneath. Avoid these fixtures, unless you're picking them up for spare parts.

-J
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1991 350SDL. 230,000 miles (new motor @ 150,000).

2013 Fiat 500E. 20,000 miles, 80 miles at a time.
2012 Passat TDI. 95,000 miles. More space, power, and fuel economy than the Benz
2004 Touareg V10 TDI. 150,000 miles. One of 450.
1999 Jetta TDI. 310,000 miles.
1992 Jetta ECOdiesel. 156,000 miles. 1 of 48. Sold.
1991 Jetta ECOdiesel. 430,000 miles. 1 of 700. Sold to VeeDubTDI, totaled in front of our house
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:24 AM
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...just like your US lights the glass gets pitted over time. Pitted glass = worse performance.... The (silver?) on the reflector is easily damaged by moisture. When it flakes off it exposes the browish metal underneath. Avoid these fixtures...
That's exactly why I may avoid used EBay headlights all together... what do you think of these: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/81-91-EBEZ-W126-300SE-380SE-420SEL-500SEL-HEADLIGHTS-BK_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem3ca77f5c07QQitemZ260508179463QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAcces sories
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:30 AM
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Har har har

I don't know if the OEM ones are still available new... even if they are the cost will probably be quite high.

-J
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